'''Robert Ervin Howard''' (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp magazine|pulp fiction
in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian
and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery
Howard was born and raised in the state of Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains, Texas|Cross Plains
with some time spent in nearby Brownwood, Texas|Brownwood
. A bookish and intellectual child, he was also a fan of boxing
and spent some time in his late teens bodybuilding
, eventually taking up amateur boxing. From the age of nine he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction but did not have real success until he was 23. Thereafter, until his death by suicide at age 30, Howard's writings were published in a wide selection of magazines, journals, and newspapers, and he had become successful in several genres. Although a Conan novel was...